Cuyahoga County

Jovan Hayes sentenced to 20 years for shooting of teenager


Cleveland – Jovan D. Hayes who shot and wounded a 13-year-old boy last September, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.
Hayes, 27, was convicted by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury of Attempted Murder, Felonious Assault, Having Weapons While Under Disability, and Intimidation of Crime Victim or Witness.
Evidence at trial proved that on September 1, 2015, just one day after his release from probation on a separate charge, Hayes shot seven times at a 13-year old, striking him once. The victim survived. An eyewitness to the crime had been repeatedly threatened for providing authorities with a statement and for her impending court testimony. Despite the intimidation, the witness took the stand at trial, as did the young shooting victim.

On June 23, after a five-day trial, the jury found Hayes guilty on all counts in a matter of hours. He was sentenced today to the maximum of 20 years in prison by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab, who cited the defendant’s long criminal history.

“We are pleased that Mr. Hayes received the maximum sentence and is off the street,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jillian Eckart, who along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Owen Patton, represented the State of Ohio in this case. “We are also grateful to the brave victim and the eyewitness who testified despite efforts to intimidate them. Too many people stay silent about crime on the streets. Their courage, this verdict and this sentence send a powerful message.”

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